The average family throws away as much as $1,600 per year in food waste from their Flagstaff apartments. Changing your strategy when it comes to food preparation and meal prep can help you save a lot of money and will prevent you from throwing out so many leftovers.
Money-Saving Food Tips
1. Shop More Often. If you take the time to make more frequent trips to the grocery store and buy less when you are there, you will be less likely to buy excess food. Produce tends to go bad because we all buy too much of it and it wilts before being eaten. Shopping for about three or four meals in advance can prevent you from having to throw out wasted food.
2. Meal Plans with Leftovers. Incorporate leftovers into your weekly meal plans. If you live with picky eaters, give them a simple meal like mac and cheese while you finish off the leftovers. Many potatoes, vegetables and other leftovers can easily be incorporated into a stew or soup.
3. Preserve Foods. If you end up preparing more food than you need for a meal, package the extra and store it in the freezer. This way you'll have a quick and easy meal that can be microwaved at a future date. Plus, you won't have to throw anything out.
4. Buy Less Fresh Produce. Loading up on produce when it is on sale seems like a good idea, but if it does not get eaten, you will end up throwing it away. Try to plan your meals so that extra produce doesn't go to waste. Buy only what you need or what you can preserve, so you don't have to throw anything out.
Saving money and letting less food go to waste are both wonderful goals to set. If you have any family members or friends looking for apartments in Flagstaff, be sure to have them contact Country Club Terrace to see the floor plans that we still have available.